The line-ups of the contending parties for the exciting 2013 elections in Cebu City is slowly taking shape. Councilor Edgardo Labella accepted the invitation of incumbent Mayor Mike Rama to be his running mate in the Liberal Party slate. Their candidate for the South district congressional seat will be former Congressman Antonio Cuenco. Some Barangay captains and city councilorsexpressed support for the Rama-Labella tandem. Apas Barangay Captain Ramil Ayuman and Busay Barangay captain Yody Sanchez were vocal of their support.
Current South district Congressman Tomas Osmeña is bent on getting back his old mayoralty post and he has chosen Vice Mayor Joy Young. Osmena’s party the Bando Osmena Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) has been the undisputed dominant party in Cebu City. Congressman Osmena will hold a press conference this week to voice out his reaction on these recent developments.
Three city councilors were also present when Councilor Labella announced his acceptance to be Mike Rama’s running mate. Councilors Daluz, Ronald Cuenco, and Eduardo Rama Jr., who all won slots in the city council under BOPK, are now siding with the current Cebu Mayor.
While the elections is still over a year away, it is expected that many politician will start positioning themselves as potential candidates or successors in the coming days. The battle for Cebu City posts is going to be very competitive and many political pundits are excited to know more developments about the new political alignments. We will keep you posted.